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Holocaust denying ex-monk calls upon nationalists to destroy Holocaust memorial in Greece, calls Jews “dogs”

Father Kleomenis, an excommunicated monk, uploaded a video of himself in the city of Larissa, Greece, making various antisemitic comments, including denying the holocaust and asking “patriotic organisations” to transport a bulldozer so as to destroy a Holocaust memorial.

In the video, one can hear Kleomenis saying: “six million we read here! Fairy tales…. Shit on their faces, Hitler merely exterminated 600,000”. He can then be heard shouting, “Damn your filthy monuments!”.

He describes the Jewish community as being full of “Jew-ism (sic), curses and anathema”, calling Jews “dogs” and “Jew-dog worms”. He proceeds to smash an egg on the monument.

He then tells nationalists to “rise up” and destroy the monument.

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece released a statement, in which it was stated that the monument was the first of its kind erected in Greece, and went on to condemn the situation stating, “Shame and indignation is what is felt when one realises what occurred in Larissa.”

On the same day flyers containing antisemitic content were scattered around the memorial and in the plaza of the Jewish Martyrs of Larissa as a result of which the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece has asked the relevant authorities that the author be detained and “brought to justice.”

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Greek Orthodox Bishop spreads myth of Jewish world domination after being withdrawn from Jerusalem visit

Bishop Seraphim, a Greek Orthodox Bishop, has used his position to spout antisemitic conspiracy theories and declare his religion’s opposition to “Zionist” world domination.

Angered by a decision to replace him with another bishop on a trip to Israel for the Easter Festival of the Holy Fire.

Seraphim proceeded to blame Israel for blocking his visit and then pontificated about the evils of Zionism.

He said that Orthodox Christianity stood against Zionism, “especially against the wing of Zionism that seeks world domination”.

He accused other Christian denominations of being pro-Jewish, and accused Jews of using freemasonry to infiltrate governments.

He also quoted from the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, from which many antisemitic myths around alleged Jewish attempts at world domination originate. According to the Definition of Antisemitism, “Using the symbols and images associated with classic antisemitism (e.g. claims of Jews killing Jesus or blood libel) to characterise Israel or Israelis” is Antisemitic, although it seems like he also spoke directly and unequivocally about Jews, too.

He is facing a lawsuit for his statements from the Greek Helsinki Monitor.

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece released the following statement:

“Once again, we are not surprised with the new delirium of the Orthodox Metropolitan of Piraeus, Seraphim, published on the official webpage of the Archdiocese of Piraeus,” the community said in a statement. “Despite his earnest efforts to dismantle the accusations of antisemitism, in his lengthy writings he refers to antisemitism as anti-Zionism, using well known antisemitic stereotypes, conspiracy theories and traditional Jew-hating attitudes, in order to be characterised not as antisemite but as anti-Zionist.”

“We believe that his statements are not compatible with the status of an official of the Greek Orthodox Church, a Church that evokes love and solidarity, neither with the status of a state official who is obliged to remain loyal to the Constitution and the laws of the Greek State”

“We are certain that His Beatitude Archbishop Ieronymos (patriarch of the Greek Orthodox Church) will agree that the hate campaign against the Jewish people is incompatible with the principles and the history of the Greek Orthodox Church.”

“The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece kindly asks His Beatitude Archbishop Ieronymos and the Hierarchs of the Church of Greece to isolate the extreme racist and antisemitic views circulating within the Church, which poison Greek society and undermine the harmonious co-existence of all Greek citizens, regardless of gender, skin colour or religion”

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Holocaust “adventure game” asks players to escape Auschwitz “before being turned into ash”

An “escape room” game in Athens, Greece, asks players to escape a mock-up Auschwitz before “being turned into ash”.

A company called “Escapology”, which makes real life “adventure games” for players, in which players have to navigate and escape from various environments, has created and promoted the “game”.

Despite a huge backlash on social media, the company is yet to remove the game from its roster.

Making light of the Holocaust in such a way, particularly to make a profit by appealing to impressionable young people, some of whom may not fully appreciate the enormity of the events of the Holocaust, or may even not be aware of or believe that the events happened, is extremely antisemitic and will create problems for Greek Jews in the future, who will find it harder to have their concerns taken seriously.

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Signs at Athens far-right rally call for opposition to “any Zionist ideology”

Supporters of the Golden Dawn, the far right part in Greece, have been photographed with signs with antisemitic slogans at a rally.

Supporters at the rally in Syntagma Square were photographed with signs urging people to “sign for freedom” and to oppose “any Zionist ideology”.

They contrasted this Zionist ideology with “Greek values”. The idea of Jews or “Zionists” undermining the values or culture of a host nation is a common antisemitic canard, which has unsurprisingly found expression in this group.

In the past, party figures had described Hitler as a “great social reformer” and “military genius” and one of their members quoted the Protocols of the Elders of Zion in the Greek Parliament.

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Swastikas painted on Ioannina synagogue

A Synagogue in Ioannina, Greece has been vandalized with Swastika graffiti.

Members of the local community found the graffiti, which has been reported to the authorities.

Vandals painted the swastikas on the exterior wall of the historic Synagogue, which is located in the old part of the city.

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece produced the following statement:

“Vandal racists defaced with swastikas the exterior of the surrounding wall of the historic Synagogue of Ioannina, situated in the old walled city, the Kastro (Castle). Vandals drew swastikas also in some houses of the surrounding area.”

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece expressed the Greek Jewry’s repudiation for this hideous act and urged the competent authorities to work for the arrest of the perpetrators as well as for the adequate protection of the Synagogue so as to contain such incidents that stain the image of the city of Ioannina.”  

During the Holocaust, many of the Jews of Ioannina, as well as those in surrounding areas, were deported to Auschwitz.

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Antisemitic books and banner at Greek rally

Antisemitic publications and a banner proclaiming “international Zionism” to be the Greek people’s enemy were on display at a rally ostensibly against the introduction of a new electronic ID card.

Hundreds of people attended the protest in Nea Paralia, Thessaloniki, in late February including laypeople and members of the Greek Orthodox organisation Agios Vasileios.

Demonstrators gathered by a statue of Alexander the Great to protest against the “instruments of Antichrist and the New World Order” by holding religious icons, banners, Greek and Byzantine flags. One banner bore the message: “No to the citizen’s card. There is only one enemy: The international Zionism.”

Publications with titles like “The Jewish-Zionist vampire Soros is thirsty for Greek blood” were on sale, while protesters shouted slogans against “the Jewish” Mayor of Thessaloniki, Yiannis Boutaris. Boutaris is not Jewish but wore a yellow Star of David during his swearing-in ceremony in 2014, in protest at the election to the council of a member of the fascist Golden Dawn Party.

One of the speakers at the rally was the excommunicated Abbot Methodios, who at a similar event in Athens a few weeks earlier threatened the Jews with a “Greek Hitler”. In Thessaloniki, he said that the Christians are enslaved by “the Jews” and that Jews “were cannibals, when the Greeks were building Parthenons”. His antisemitic rant was warmly applauded, according to a report by Greek journalist Sofia Christoforidou.

Daniel Mariaschin, executive vice president of B’nai B’rith International, told The Algemeiner: “It was a particularly vile antisemitic demonstration. The fact that it happened in a city that is so important in Jewish history and whose population suffered – more than 90 percent killed during the Shoah – makes the demonstration even that much more outrageous.”

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Greek farmers decry ‘Jewish control of banks’

Protesting farmers displayed an antisemitic banner last month at the entrance of the National Bank of Greece in Chania, the second largest city in Crete.

The farmers hung two banners during the demonstration on 8th February: one that read “The Colonial Bank” and another saying “Rothschilds out of Greece”, implying that the National Bank is controlled by Jewish banking families. Greek media outlets that reported the protest apparently failed to note the banner’s antisemitic nature.

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Neo-Nazis deface Greece’s third-largest city with “Juden Raus” and pose executing Nazi salutes

Neo-Nazis in Greece’s third-largest city, Patras, have posed executing Nazi salutes alongside newly-painted neo-Nazi graffiti. One slogan read “Juden Raus”, German for “Jews Out”. The group are from AME (Unaligned Meander Nationalists), which has claimed responsibility for the vandalism of numerous Jewish monuments and cemeteries, according to Greek antisemitism monitoring service Ενάντια στον αντισημιτισμό.

Source: Ενάντια στον αντισημιτισμό

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New Greek aerospace Vice President previously published article claiming “Jewish people want to undermine the world”

Hellenic Aerospace Industry has appointed Babis Papaspyros as its Vice President. In 2010, Papaspyros reblogged a far-right blog entitled “How Jewish people want to undermine the world via multiculturalism”. The article suggested that the Jews have acquired the power to kill “thousands of Palestinians” while they remain unpunished and accuse “their enemies” of antisemitism. At the end of the blog post was a video by notorious antisemitic conspiracy theorist David Duke. Papaspyros is close to Greece’s Minister of Defense, Panos Kammenos and is reported to have been appointed to his new role by Greece’s Finance Minister.

Source: Ενάντια στον αντισημιτισμό

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Greek bookstall caught selling antisemitic “Protocols of the Elders of Zion”

A bookstall in Ioannina, Greece, has been caught selling the antisemitic Tsarist forgery, The Protocols of the Elders of Zion. The book is an antisemitic text forged by Tsar Alexander’s secret police to incite pogroms against Russian Jews, and even now it is widely circulated in antisemitic circles. According to a survey by the Anti-Defamation League, two thirds of Greeks harbour antisemitic attitudes.

Source: CFCA/Against Antisemitism

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UN guard dismissed for ordering American Jewish volunteers to leave immigrant camp on Greek island

A group of American Jewish volunteers for IsraAID has told Israel Today about an incident which saw them ordered to leave the transit camp where they had been trying to help migrants.

The incident began when volunteers working with other organisations swamped antisemitic at the Jewish women. At that point, a UN security guard arrived and, instead of quieting the antagonists, joined in the verbal assault of the Jewish women, demanding they leave the camp.

One of the group said: “The situation quickly deteriorated. The guard…yelled at me and said there was no place here for people like me. ‘Like me?’ I asked. ‘You mean Israeli? But I’m an American Jew.’ The guard replied by insisting that we [Jews] are all the same: murderers. He then threatened to arrest us if we didn’t leave the camp.”

An Israeli Arab member of IsraAID came to the defence of the women. He notified the camp administration of the incident, leading to the security guard’s dismissal.

The young Jewish women had traveled from the United States to volunteer with IsraAID, and were wearing the Israeli group’s shirts at the time of the incident.


Source: CFCA/Israel Today

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Prominent Greek bishop blames the “Zionist monster” for recent improvements in civil rights for same-sex couples

One of Greece’s leading bishops, Bishop Seraphim of Piraeus, has blamed the “Zionist monster” for recent changes in Greek law allowing same-sex couples increased access to civil rights.

Under the new cohabitation bill, same-sex couples who sign a cohabitation agreement will receive the same tax advantages as married, heterosexual couples. The new legislation has also improved inheritance rights for same-sex couples.

It is reported that the bill is extremely unpopular in Greece but is being passed to meet European Union anti-discrimination standards.

Bishop Seraphim of Piraeus has remarked that the increased rights for same-sex couples are the result of a “constant war against the true faith” being waged “by the international Zionist monster,” which he believes controls the Greek government.

In 2010, the bishop told a Greek TV channel that Jews had orchestrated the Holocaust and were to blame for Greece’s financial crisis.

Antisemitic stereotyping is widespread in Greece.  A recent Anti-Defamation League survey revealed that Greece has Europe’s highest rate of antisemitic attitudes, with 69% of Greeks espousing antisemitic views.

Source: Times of Israel

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Greek politician suggests Jews emigrated from France because they had advance warning of Paris attacks

A former member of the right-wing Independent Greeks party has asked whether thousands of French Jews moved to Israel earlier this year because they had been told of last Friday’s terror attacks in advance.

On Saturday Panos Leliatsos posted on Facebook that 9,000 French Jews moved to Israel three months ago after being summoned by the Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem.

Leliatsos asked: “Does it tell you something?” (Greek: ‘σας λέει κάτι’), implying that they knew of a Jewish plot to stage the attacks and pin the blame on Muslims.

Leliatsos also posted a link to an article that actually undermined his argument: it explained that many French Jews made aliyah in the aftermath of January’s terror attack on Hypercacher, a kosher supermarket in Paris.

His comments came to light after being repeated on Greek right-wing conspiracy theory blog Anemos Anatropis.

Source: CFCA/The New Antisemite

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Greek paper publishes antisemitic caricature of former Finance Minister

Following the revelation that former Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis was paid €24,000 by an Italian television station for a 22-minute interview, a Greek newspaper has published an antisemitic caricature depicting Varoufakis as a stereotypical Jewish money lender.

Source: CFCA

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Neo-Nazis desecrate main Jewish cemetery in Athens

The main Jewish cemetery in Athens has been desecrated with swastikas neo-Nazi graffiti. One of the cemetery’s walls was sprayed with “F*** Jews” and a swastika. Another was sprayed with a swastika, the German word “Raus” (get out), and the letters “C18”. C18 is neo-Nazi group Combat 18, the one and the eight referring to the first and eighth letters of the alphabet, Adolf Hitler’s initials. Combat 18 Hellas posted pictures on their website and claimed responsibility for what it called the “beautiful artistic intervention at the Jewish cemetery.”

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Greek Parliament told that Jews are manipulating the pharmaceutical industry

Dimitri’s Giannakopoulos, the president of the Hellenic Association of Pharmaceutical Companies, told the Greek Parliament that 11,000 Greek jobs would be lost if a bill opening the country up to inexpensive generic pharmaceuticals was passed. He claimed that the bill had been brought into existence through the efforts of Jewish pressure groups seeking to further the interests of Israeli pharmaceutical companies. Nikos Nikolopoulos, an MP from the Independent Greeks party echoed the accusation.

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Greek minister resigns over antisemitic tweets just hours after being appointed

A Greek minister, Dimitris Kammenos, has been forced to resign hours after being appointed. The announcement that the Independent Greeks party member would join the government sparked an outcry over antisemitic tweets sent from his official Twitter account, which has now been closed. One tweet on the anniversary of 9/11 said “And let’s not forget that among the 2,500 Jews working at the Twin Towers not one went to work that day.” Kammenos has also been accused of denigrating the Holocaust by comparing the EU to the Nazis on several occasions and claiming that Greece was going through an “economic Holocaust”.